26 May 2024

Mercury reaches 50 degrees in Rajasthan's Phalodi, increase in temperature recorded across country on Day 2 of Nautapa, severe heat wave in these states, check details here

On the first day of the nine-day Nautapa, an increase in temperature was recorded across the country. Five people died due to the heat in Rajasthan. Phalodi ranked first on the list of the world's hottest cities, recording a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius.  The heat resulted in five deaths on Saturday. 

Many states of North India are facing heat wave these days. Life in these states is disrupted due to heat. The situation is as if the sun is spewing fire from the sky. The Meteorological Department has predicted that the severe heat wave will continue in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh till May 29. 

On the other hand, the Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert of heavy rain in the northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura along with West Bengal and Sikkim on Sunday, May 26.

Relief at traffic signals in MP, no power shutdown till Tuesday in Bhopal

In Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal and Indore, the traffic signal timing has been halved to protect people from the heat. This means where the signal was red for 60 seconds, it will now be red for only 30 seconds. This step has been taken so that people spend less time in the Sun. Tents have been set up at intersections in several cities, including Agra, Bhopal, Jodhpur, and Lucknow, to provide relief while waiting at signals.

In view of the scorching heat in Bhopal city, power shutdown will not be taken for the next three days. This decision has been taken by the Central Region Electricity Distribution Company City Circle Bhopal keeping in mind the convenience of the consumers. Central Region Electricity Distribution Company has said that no shutdown will be taken under the city circle Bhopal till Tuesday, 28th May, so that the consumers do not have to face any inconvenience.

Central Region Electricity Distribution Company has appealed to all consumers to use electrical appliances in their homes only as per requirement. Do not keep electrical appliances running unnecessarily. This will save energy. Saving energy will not only reduce power interruptions in this scorching heat but will also save on electricity bills.

Heat advisory issued

Advisories have been issued to prevent heatstroke in most states of North India, including Jammu and Kashmir. In Rajasthan, sanitation workers have been asked to work only from 5 AM to 10 AM. Doctors in Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Delhi have advised patients and the elderly not to travel during the day.  Assam's DGP has appealed to the public to offer water to policemen stationed near their homes and help refill their bottles if needed.

Water levels in 150 major reservoirs dropped to lowest level

Power shortage due to heat: According to the Central Water Commission, water levels in 150 major reservoirs dropped to the lowest level in five years last week. This has led to water shortages in several states and affected electricity production.

Water supply cuts in Mumbai

The Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Saturday that from May 30, there will be a 5% cut in water supply, increasing to 10% from June 5. This is because the reservoirs supplying water to the city have only 10% of the usual water stock. According to the BMC, the dams supplying water to Mumbai have 140,000 million liters of water left, which is only 10% of Mumbai's annual requirement of 1,447,000 million liters.

Cyclone Remal will hit W Bengal today

Meanwhile, the Cyclone Remal that arose in the Bay of Bengal will hit West Bengal today. The Meteorological Department has issued a severe storm warning for the northeastern regions of the country and coastal areas of Bangladesh. During this time, waves up to 1 meter high could arise in the sea, potentially causing flooding in the low-lying coastal areas of West Bengal.

According to the IMD, winds could reach speeds of around 135 km/h during the landfall of storm Remal. Due to the high wind warning, the Kolkata Airport Authority of India has suspended all flights from 12 PM on May 26 to 9 AM on May 27.

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